US defense secretary forecasts Sweden will join NATO by mid-July

A Swedish Visby-class corvette carrying U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on a tour of Sweden’s naval capabilities prepares to dock at Berga Naval Base, Sweden, April 19. (Rachel Cohen/Staff) MUSKӦ NAVAL BASE, Sweden — In its bid to join NATO, Sweden may cross the finish line in time for the transatlantic alliance’s next summit in mid-July, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said at the start of a bilateral meeting with his Swedish counterpart here Wednesday.

Sweden has lobbied for admission to NATO for nearly a year amid objections from member countries Turkey and Hungary. Many U.S. and allied officials believe […]

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